A man charged with planning to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle grew up in San Diego, tried to kill himself at
age 12 and was later placed in a group home, it was reported Saturday.
Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 33, a converted Muslim also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, was charged Thursday along with a Los Angeles man, Walli Mujahidh, 32, on allegations they bought machine guns and grenades from a police informant with plans to storm a recruiting center in Seattle.
Abdul-Latif described having “a lot of abandonment” issues growing up, according to a mental health evaluation completed in early 2002, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The papers, obtained by the Kitsap Sun newspaper, was ordered by the court following Abdul-Latif’s arrest on armed robbery charges in Bremerton, Wash., at the time. Abdul-Latif told a psychologist he was born in San Diego and raised by
his mother until he was 12. He then went to live with his father, who was absent much of the time and failed to provide basic necessities. The report said the boy was eventually was placed in a group home.
He said he was hospitalized in San Diego at the age of 12 after a suicide attempt.
Abdul-Latif attended Birney Elementary School, Wilson Middle School, and Gompers High School. He graduated from Hoover High School, San Diego Unified School District spokesman Jack Brandais told the Union-Tribune.
Abdul-Latif was in the Navy for two weeks in 1996, according to Navy records, though no other information was made available about his discharge.
At the time of the pyschological evaluation, his father had been in prison for three years, and a younger brother was also in prison.